Athenry tidy towns in conjunction with Galway Co. Council Heritage section were promoting our local wildflowers, trees, and insects during biodiversity week in May. On the Athenry tidy towns Facebook page, click on ‘home’ and scroll down to a post on May 18th with the link below to download a pdf copy of the excellent booklet on ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’. The booklet is 39 pages of information on how to use the right plants to attract butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden. To view the booklet look up the link the link https:

First picture shows ‘Mr. Bumble’ visiting the tall blue Siberian Irises in the 1916 Commemorative Garden at Swangate on 28th May. Well done to Paddy McGee for this choice of pollinator-friendly flowers. Beside the Irises is a covering of Salvia (Rosemary), blue Bellflowers and Heathers beside the fountain and pink Sea thrift nearby.


Second picture shows Sea thrift, well suited to the gravel surroundings.